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Digital Media: Search Tips

In this guide, you will find lists of resources and tips that are relevant to digital media.

Digital Media Research Plan

Before you begin looking for resources, spend a few minutes developing a research plan. This can help you focus your ideas and help determine where you should start.

  • Look at the assignment
    • What are you being required to create?
    • How many resources do you need?
    • Do you need scholarly sources?
  • What are the key topics?
    • Time period
    • Place
    • Style, Technique, or Medium
    • Person(s)
  • Is your topic interdisciplinary?
    • Should you look at other databases if your topic overlaps with politics, art, current events, or other topic?
  • Do you need media?
    • Photos, videos, audio?
  • What kind of research do you need?
    • Historical or current?
    • Analysis
    • Original Creation


When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. Below is a list of keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use this on their own or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • Audience
  • Audio-Visual
  • Cinema
  • Communication(s)
  • Composition
  • Crisis Communication
  • Digital Photograph7y
  • Digital Production
  • Digital Video
  • Documentary
  • Editing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Film
  • Graphic Design
  • Interview
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Media Bias
  • Media Ethics
  • Medis History
  • Media Literacy
  • Multimedia
  • New Media
  • News
  • Newsgathering
  • Oratory
  • Persuasion
  • Photography
  • Production
  • Public Relations
  • Reporting
  • Rhetoric
  • Specific Media Outlet
  • Specific Type of Equipment (e.g., Camera, Microphone, etc.)
  • Specific Type of Journalism (e.g., Broadcast, Print, Audio, etc.)
  • Specific Type of Production 
  • Speech
  • Strategic Communication
  • Video
  • Videography